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Old 11-15-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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Hey Ya'll...
I have had a nightmarish experience with our 1999 Tradewinds by National 37 footer...as it pertains to the windshields....Love everything else about it...but working on the next set of windshields after replacing 2 and a half already. As I studied the issue...I knew that it was because the top of the front of the RV was flexing left and right therefore knocking the windshield openings out of square...therefore either knocking the top outside corners out of their openings or cracking them....insurance deemed it a 'stress crack....therefore not covering the damage....and so I came to the conclusion that we needed some type of 'roll cage welded in at the front to keep the front top from moving....and then I talked with Jim Devers at Duncan RV Repair in Elkhart, In. and he said all of the right things that rang true to me and I knew that I was talking with someone who KNEW how to fixour RV instead of someone else guessing! He called the repair a 'Halo' to be welded into place after removing the front fiberglass cap....it is shocking to see how little to no support there is in these units...I was trying to figure out how to get my unit up to Duncan RV Repair in Indiana from Nashville, Tn. but could nt drive it with the windshields as broken as they were...and then I spoke with a young man named Mac King from near Tampa, Fl. and he had done some work for me previously on another RV....worked it out with him to come up to Nashville and do the repair in our driveway....and Mr. Devers from Duncan RV Repair was so helpful with some consulting during the repair and we are almost done!! I have no doubts now that our windshield issue is over....I highly reccomend both Duncan and Mac King for any RV needs you have...whichever one is closer to your location! Duncan Systems that sells the windshields out of Elkhart has also been helpful. It is a helpless feeling to be so in the dark as to how to overcome this windshield issue on these units. We love the RV and now are so glad to get past this bump in the road with it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions...we are in full time music ministry going and telling of God's Love and Mercy in the midst of this crazy life....find us at ahouseformykids.com or gregmcdougal.com
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Hey Ya'll...
I have had a nightmarish experience with our 1999 Tradewinds by National 37 footer...as it pertains to the windshields....Love everything else about it...but working on the next set of windshields after replacing 2 and a half already. As I studied the issue...I knew that it was because the top of the front of the RV was flexing left and right therefore knocking the windshield openings out of square...therefore either knocking the top outside corners out of their openings or cracking them....insurance deemed it a 'stress crack....therefore not covering the damage....and so I came to the conclusion that we needed some type of 'roll cage welded in at the front to keep the front top from moving....and then I talked with Jim Devers at Duncan RV Repair in Elkhart, In. and he said all of the right things that rang true to me and I knew that I was talking with someone who KNEW how to fixour RV instead of someone else guessing! He called the repair a 'Halo' to be welded into place after removing the front fiberglass cap....it is shocking to see how little to no support there is in these units...I was trying to figure out how to get my unit up to Duncan RV Repair in Indiana from Nashville, Tn. but could nt drive it with the windshields as broken as they were...and then I spoke with a young man named Mac King from near Tampa, Fl. and he had done some work for me previously on another RV....worked it out with him to come up to Nashville and do the repair in our driveway....and Mr. Devers from Duncan RV Repair was so helpful with some consulting during the repair and we are almost done!! I have no doubts now that our windshield issue is over....I highly reccomend both Duncan and Mac King for any RV needs you have...whichever one is closer to your location! Duncan Systems that sells the windshields out of Elkhart has also been helpful. It is a helpless feeling to be so in the dark as to how to overcome this windshield issue on these units. We love the RV and now are so glad to get past this bump in the road with it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions...we are in full time music ministry going and telling of God's Love and Mercy in the midst of this crazy life....find us at ahouseformykids.com or gregmcdougal.com
615 668-3908

Hey Ya'll...
I have had a nightmarish experience with our 1999 Tradewinds by National 37 footer...as it pertains to the windshields....Love everything else about it...but working on the next set of windshields after replacing 2 and a half already. As I studied the issue...I knew that it was because the top of the front of the RV was flexing left and right therefore knocking the windshield openings out of square...therefore either knocking the top outside corners out of their openings or cracking them....insurance deemed it a 'stress crack....therefore not covering the damage....and so I came to the conclusion that we needed some type of 'roll cage welded in at the front to keep the front top from moving....and then I talked with Jim Devers at Duncan RV Repair in Elkhart, In. and he said all of the right things that rang true to me and I knew that I was talking with someone who KNEW how to fixour RV instead of someone else guessing! He called the repair a 'Halo' to be welded into place after removing the front fiberglass cap....it is shocking to see how little to no support there is in these units...I was trying to figure out how to get my unit up to Duncan RV Repair in Indiana from Nashville, Tn. but could nt drive it with the windshields as broken as they were...and then I spoke with a young man named Mac King from near Tampa, Fl. and he had done some work for me previously on another RV....worked it out with him to come up to Nashville and do the repair in our driveway....and Mr. Devers from Duncan RV Repair was so helpful with some consulting during the repair and we are almost done!! I have no doubts now that our windshield issue is over....I highly reccomend both Duncan and Mac King for any RV needs you have...whichever one is closer to your location! Duncan Systems that sells the windshields out of Elkhart has also been helpful. It is a helpless feeling to be so in the dark as to how to overcome this windshield issue on these units. We love the RV and now are so glad to get past this bump in the road with it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions...we are in full time music ministry going and telling of God's Love and Mercy in the midst of this crazy life....find us at ahouseformykids.com or gregmcdougal.com
615 668-3908

Hey Ya'll...
I have had a nightmarish experience with our 1999 Tradewinds by National 37 footer...as it pertains to the windshields....Love everything else about it...but working on the next set of windshields after replacing 2 and a half already. As I studied the issue...I knew that it was because the top of the front of the RV was flexing left and right therefore knocking the windshield openings out of square...therefore either knocking the top outside corners out of their openings or cracking them....insurance deemed it a 'stress crack....therefore not covering the damage....and so I came to the conclusion that we needed some type of 'roll cage welded in at the front to keep the front top from moving....and then I talked with Jim Devers at Duncan RV Repair in Elkhart, In. and he said all of the right things that rang true to me and I knew that I was talking with someone who KNEW how to fixour RV instead of someone else guessing! He called the repair a 'Halo' to be welded into place after removing the front fiberglass cap....it is shocking to see how little to no support there is in these units...I was trying to figure out how to get my unit up to Duncan RV Repair in Indiana from Nashville, Tn. but could nt drive it with the windshields as broken as they were...and then I spoke with a young man named Mac King from near Tampa, Fl. and he had done some work for me previously on another RV....worked it out with him to come up to Nashville and do the repair in our driveway....and Mr. Devers from Duncan RV Repair was so helpful with some consulting during the repair and we are almost done!! I have no doubts now that our windshield issue is over....I highly reccomend both Duncan and Mac King for any RV needs you have...whichever one is closer to your location! Duncan Systems that sells the windshields out of Elkhart has also been helpful. It is a helpless feeling to be so in the dark as to how to overcome this windshield issue on these units. We love the RV and now are so glad to get past this bump in the road with it. Please feel free to contact me with any questions...we are in full time music ministry going and telling of God's Love and Mercy in the midst of this crazy life....find us at ahouseformykids.com or gregmcdougal.com
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Glad to hear that you have gotten the issue fixed and can now move on! Congratulations, many would have traded it off to some other poor soul.
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Windshield popping out

Get the service manager at your favorite RV service dept to show you the proper way to put your levelers down.

I don't put my slide out until I am level.

It seems to put a lot of stress on the front, lots of creaking and strange noise.

Mine is the first leveling system installed by national. It is not automatic, so I put the front legs down until I am level front to rear, then I put the rear legs down to stabalize the coach. Then I level side to side and then put slide out.

A good RV windshield installer will have you work the levelers while he is installing the glass.

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